Lions Club takes vision screening to Graham’s Hall Primary

first_imgThe Lions Club on Monday engaged students of the Graham’s Hall Primary School in a vision screening exercise, with the aim of detecting sight disorders at an early age.Students of the Graham’s Hall Primary School along with members of the Lions Club during the screening exerciseA vision screening, also called an eye test, is a brief exam that looks for potential vision problems and eye disorders. Vision screenings are often done by primary care providers as part of a regular checkup. On October 10, International Sight Day will be celebrated.During the activity, the Club was able to achieve its target of 100 individuals. Students were sourced from the Grades One to Six classes, within the age range of six to 12.Chairperson of the Lion’s Services for Children, Ambika Singh said it was a joint effort between different branches of the organisation.“We’re collaborating with the Lions of East Demerara. The optometrist is here doing the screening with the children and we’re also doing this in keeping with one of the five service areas of the Lions, which is vision. This is Vision Month so we’re doing it with that and in keeping with our district goals,” Singh posited.A significant percentage of screened students displayed conditions which may require them to wear glasses. This publication was told that the Club will assist in providing them with the necessary resources.“The students who we would have detected so far, we have quite a few on our high priority list to do follow-ups. So we’re not just stopping here with vision screening at the school. With most of the students, I got feedback that some of them cannot afford the spectacles and whatever is needed to correct their problem. This is where we will continue to the end and see them through to ensure that they get everything they need.”Vision screening is a very important way to identify vision problems. During an exam, the doctor looks for eye disease and checks to see if the eyes are working properly. Children with a family history of childhood vision problems are more likely to have eye problems. Teachers of the school would have also capitalised on the opportunity to get screened.“We came with the intention of screening children but teachers also asked. There was need for them. Some of them said they were having problems with their vision so we assisted the teachers as well. We covered screening for teachers,” the Chairperson highlighted.Another such activity will be done at the Vreed-en-Hoop Primary School on Friday.According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, common eye disorders include refractive errors, macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, amblyopia and strabismus.Important practices to maintain good sight include having a balanced diet, healthy weight, regular exercise, sunglasses and protective eyewear and knowing your family medical history or other risk factors.last_img read more

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Bo Hedges tours local schools

first_img“You can’t describe in words how inspirational it can be for these kids and for them to see that dreams can come true, overcoming obstacles and being able to always stay positive.”Bennett added that showing his students that anything is achievable is something very valuable to learn at a young age.”[Hedges’] inspirational story shows that it doesn’t matter what life throws at you, as long as you have a positive attitude and set your goal, you can achieve them.” Hedges first visited Dr. Kerney Elementary School, and then made his way to Ecole Central, holding an assembly at each school to discuss his life.In a gymnasium packed full of young students, Hedges talked about his childhood growing up in the region, his accident at age 13, his introduction into wheelchair basketball, and his journies through various Paralympic Games, culminating with a gold medal victory in London this summer.Also speaking to the children was Chair of the Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee Lori Slater, who talked about the importance of following your dreams and staying motivated in life, telling the children to continuously “challenge yourself, your abilities and your boundaries and see where it takes you.”- Advertisement -Following a few more words, and a question and answer period with the children, Hedges strapped himself into his competitive wheelchair basketball chair and put on a little demonstration, complete with shooting, dribbling and manoeuvring in his athletically designed chair.The assembly ended with the kids getting a first hand look at Hedges’ gold medal from the London Games.Broyden Bennett, Vice Principal at Ecole Central said Hedges’ message is a great one for his students.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Kildow takes silver, Miller seventh

first_imgARE, Sweden – Lindsey Kildow understands her time will come. For now, however, she knows the slopes belong to Anja Paerson; and Bode Miller is finally coming to terms with the fact that his team won’t let him run wild anymore. Kildow again settled for the silver medal behind Paerson in Sunday’s downhill, in which the Swede became the first skier to win World Championship titles in all five disciplines. Austria’s Nicole Hosp took the bronze. Kildow also finished behind Paerson in Tuesday’s super-G. Paerson is in such command that Kildow suspects the Swede would beat her the next time they race. “I’d bet money on it,” Kildow said. The men’s race produced another Scandinavian winner, with Aksel Lund Svindal becoming the first Norwegian to win a world downhill. Jan Hudec won the silver, the best downhill result for a Canadian at the worlds. Sweden’s Patrik Jaerbyn earned the bronze to become, at 37, the oldest skier to medal at the worlds. Miller finished seventh and U.S. teammate Steven Nyman was 21st. Afterward, Miller said he had been warned by U.S. team leadership to clean up his act. “We’ve been talking about it all year,” Miller said. “I think we’re definitely on the same page. It’s been a challenge for both of us all year with all the different issues we always confront. “It’s been the same for 10years with me. I’m just a challenging athlete to work with, and in my mind, they’re a challenging administrative to work with, but we get through it.” center_img Bill Marolt, president and CEO of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and U.S. Alpine director Jesse Hunt refused to elaborate on any warnings given to Miller. “We’re dealing with Bode,” Hunt said. “Outside of that it’s an old story. We have our policies. We managed our policies, and that’s what we’re doing.” Miller’s best result through three events at these championships was his sixth-place finish in Thursday’s combined race, after leading the downhill portion of the event. He was 24th in the super-G that opened the competition. At last year’s Turin Olympics, Miller failed to medal in all five of his events. He left the Games with more headlines for his late-night partying than his skiing. Under new team rules designed mainly for him, Miller is no longer allowed to sleep in his personal trailer. He is supposed to report to the team hotel by 10 p.m. each night. While the local papers still print photos of him in bars each night, Miller appears more focused at these championships. The U.S. women aren’t having any problems focusing, and it’s showing in their results. They now have three medals in threeraces, with Julia Mancuso also taking the silver behind Paerson in the combined. The American men have been shut out. This was the third straight victory at these worlds for the seemingly unstoppable Paerson, who is making a remarkable turnaround in a season in which she has been winless in the World Cup following offseason knee surgery. “I had tried to imagine what it would be like to win the downhill and become historic,” Paerson said. “But it’s too big to comprehend.” Kildow, for one, would like a little bit of what Paerson has. “I would like to be world champ,” she said. “Anja has more medals than you can count and I’m only starting to get some. But I’m still only 22, and I’ve got plenty of time left in my career.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Soccer team amazing at state

first_img“I was really concerned about her during the game,” Baca said. “But she contributed just like I thought she would. She kicked balls out of bounds and up field … she did a lot better than I was expecting.” In other youth soccer news, the Saugus Slammers 10-and-under girls’ team took first place in the All-Star state championships. connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But more importantly, it took the little team that could to the No. 2 spot of some 1,000 soccer teams on the West Coast. The Highlighters lost the championship game, 1-0, to a Pico Rivera team. Coach Steve Baca said second place was nothing short of magic to him. “Everything was against us,” Baca said. “We had to play 11 players versus 11 players; we are used to playing 9 on 9 – we only have 11 girls on our team. They had subs and kept throwing in new girls, but we did the best we could and the girls really toughed it out.” Baca was especially proud of his team’s good-luck charm. CASTAIC – Young Rebecca Buchanan was still catching her breath Monday afternoon. The 10-year-old spent her weekend running and kicking across a soccer field in Upland – a huge feat for the little girl whose kidney was removed just months ago. “It was fun but I was tired by the fourth quarter,” Rebecca said. Rebecca and the Castaic Highlighters brought home second place at the American Youth Soccer Organization state championships Saturday, making history for the Castaic soccer community. last_img read more

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Reports – Newcastle eye Rayo Vallecano boss as Carver replacement

first_img Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez 1 Reports in Spain suggest Newcastle United are interested in appointing Rayo Vallecano boss Paco Jemez as their next head coach in the summer.Jemez, who is out of contract in June, has also been linked with Championship side Brentford, who are set to part company with Mark Warburton at the end of the season.The 45-year-old, who used to play as a centre-back for Deportivo La Coruna and Real Zaragoza, made 21 appearances for Spain and has also managed Cordoba and Las Palmas among others since ending his playing career in 2006.In 2012/13, Jemez guided Vallecano to their highest ever La Liga finish in eighth place, and they currently sit 11th in the Spanish league with five games remaining.Speaking to international sports newspaper, Vavel, Jemez said: “The Premier League is a nice place where football evolves very rapidly and it is also a step up in economic potential.“It is a different mentality and culture. I would like to manage there some day but I don’t know when I will, I’ve still not made a decision about my future.”last_img read more

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A GREAT CHANCE TO GOGO AND SEE MOJO GOGO IN DONEGAL

first_imgDONEGAL music sensations Mojo GoGo will be back on home soil this week.The band are set to make a very rare appearance in Donegal Town at The Coach House Marquee this Saturday, July 7.The band are fresh of their recently signed U.K record deal with Leverage Records and most recently have signed to AMA Agency alongside acts such as The Coronas and Royseven. Mojo GoGo are playing many of the major festivals this summer including Mainstage at the Volvo Ocean Races, Mainstage Glasgowbury Festival and Mainstage KnockonStockon Festival.If you have never been to a MOJO GOGO show before, have a little read here about their live Performances:MOJO GOGO:* “Mojo GoGo have much larger testis than Two Door Cinema Club will ever have. Mojo just sound bigger and brasher, and we love that” – Touring and Whoaring Magazine * “Mojo GoGo’s live show is a cross between Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band fused with The Clash” – Niall Stokes* “Mojo GoGo could, and should be huge…. The music world is Mojo GoGo’s for the taking……Their live show has already become the stuff of minor legend.”- Hotpress Magazine* MOJO GOGO are renowned for their intensive energy fueled live shows having shared the stage with top International acts such as Ash, The Enemy, The Minutes, Kelis and Horslips. MOJO GOGO are currently signed to Leverage Records in the U.K and AMA in Ireland.Free Admission on the night with support from RY65 from 8 P.M.This is one not to be missed. A GREAT CHANCE TO GOGO AND SEE MOJO GOGO IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:A GREAT CHANCE TO GOGO AND SEE MOJO GOGO IN DONEGALlast_img read more

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Relieved, but still grieving

first_imgSAN QUENTIN – For 26 years, Lora Owens carried a heavy burden that was largely lifted – but not completely – by Tuesday’s execution of Stanley Tookie Williams, her stepson’s killer, Owens said Tuesday. Still shaken from having seen Williams being put to death, Lora said she does not yet feel a sense of closure, but she is hoping her life returns to normal. “It (closure) doesn’t happen that quickly,” she said in a telephone interview from her hotel room two hours after Williams’ 12:35 a.m. execution by lethal injection. “I’m relieved that the court system has been fulfilled. But it was not an easy thing for me to do,” she said. Williams was arrested, convicted and sentenced to death in 1981 for murdering Owens’ 26-year-old stepson, Albert Lewis Owens, on Feb. 28, 1979, at a 7-Eleven in Whittier, where he had worked only two days before the store was held up by Williams and three accomplices. “We did think with Williams being confined to Death Row it would do some good, but not when he has his own Web page, media directors and movies coming out,” said Lora Owens who wrote to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to deny Williams clemency. “It continually kept the pain and anguish fresh each time something new would appear in the press. It was as though the years had not passed and the pain was the same – gut-wrenching as in the beginning.” Owens said she attended the execution in the name of her stepson and his father, who died 10 years ago, never having completely recovered from his son’s murder. “He would talk about it and think about it,” she said. “He would become very depressed and his health declined.” The week before Williams’ execution had been a whirlwind of media interviews for Owens. After going home Friday night from New York, where she made several media appearances, she flew to San Francisco on Saturday. “I’m exhausted, mentally,” she said Friday before leaving for California. On Monday night, Owens, who has kept her place of residence secret for fear of gang retaliation, arrived at San Quentin prison. Then came Schwarzenegger’s decision Monday not to grant clemency. “I was sure in my own mind that it would happen, but when you’re waiting, it’s like you’re expecting someone to come and then they show up,” she said Tuesday, adding she believes Schwarzenegger’s decision was based on the evidence against Williams, not politics. Her soft voice breaks when talking about witnessing Williams’ death. “It was hard to watch a man be put to death. I don’t know how I’m feeling.” For her, Williams’ guilt is unquestionable, even when his supporters yelled out in unison: “The state of California just executed an innocent man!” Throughout, she said, her thoughts remained on Albert. “I felt he was proud of the fact that we had followed through,” she said. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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HSU interim athletics director Duncan Robins is out at end of June, no replacement found in recent search

first_imgThe following is a press release from Humboldt State University:Duncan Robins, who has been HSU’s Interim Athletic Director for the last two years, will conclude his service in the position at the end of June.Robins led Intercollegiate Athletics through a difficult period that included budget reductions and program changes. He has been instrumental in efforts to enhance support for intramural and club sports, as well as the Marching Lumberjacks, by incorporating them into the Athletics …last_img read more

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Peering into the future of agricultural change

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest USGS scientists led by Terry Sohl at the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center have created a crystal ball to better depict future agricultural land change and project outcomes. Sohl and his colleagues have modified the Forecasting Scenarios of Land-Use Change model to project agricultural change by parcel across a large region in the U.S. Great Plains.The new FORE-SCE model is unique in that instead of using small pixels, it uses ownership and land management boundaries from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. So scientists can mimic how farmers make decisions on the use of individual parcels of land, and then scale that up to regional and national levels.So, let’s say growing switchgrass to produce ethanol becomes more profitable for North Dakota farmers in the future. Or non-agricultural lands north of the Twin Cities prove advantageous for growing potatoes. The new FORE-SCE model can portray a broader geographic extent, higher spatial resolution at 30 meters, and higher thematic resolution with 28 land cover classes—including 14 different crop types—to project more realistic landscape pattern scenarios and better assess the ecological, economic, and climate outcomes from agricultural changes.That’s valuable knowledge not only in assessing how well agriculture in North Dakota can accommodate the need for more biofuel in the future, but also how large-scale agricultural change might affect biodiversity in the area—honey bees’ ability to pollinate, for example. With more realistic scenarios of increased potato farming in the Upper Mississippi River basin, the parcel-based model can help inform decision makers on how increased agricultural nutrients in groundwater might change water treatment requirements in the Twin Cities.Read more about the work of Sohl and his colleagues at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1747423X.2017.1340525last_img read more

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Dispatch from the AIA Convention

first_img RELATED ARTICLES One annoying remark can spoil your dayThe Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education was presented to Peter Eisenman, FAIA. The introduction to this award reminded my why I quit architecture school: the obtuse descriptions of architects and their work puts me to sleep every time. Eisenman was offered an opportunity to make some (thankfully) brief remarks, and he was engaging and interesting. Expensive solution to bad design?Sage Glass produces electronically tinted glass that can transform from clear to almost opaque by a switch or through light sensors, reducing solar gain when necessary. This product has been around for a while and is used in some skylights, but it is primarily specified for glass commercial buildings where over-glazing and solar heat gain are problems. After playing around with their tinting for a while, I came to the conclusion that while it is a nice, cool technology, it really is an expensive solution to bad designs. If architects would just not put so much glass on their buildings, they wouldn’t need products like this to fix the problems they create.Thermal break products were abundant on the show floor. Oldcastle displayed a CMU system with integrated EPS foam exterior insulation, including thermal break strips for the mortar joints. Designed for application of a finish masonry veneer over the foam, this looks like an interesting option for commercial, and possibly residential buildings, providing a continuous thermal break while leaving the masonry available for thermal mass on the interior.A different way to accomplish the same result was on display by ITW. The company has a system that uses a cordless nail gun to attach foam and mineral wool boards to CMU or framed walls using large-head plastic anchors. Available in lengths to accommodate most rigid board thicknesses, the product looks promising. However, I would like to know how the exterior finish is applied with this design.Finally, Armadillo NV provides noise and thermal break connection devices. My favorite is the thermal break for cantilevered slabs that includes both fiberglass rebar and an insulation block to really separate the exterior slab from the interior floor.While some starchitects may trash talk sustainability, manufacturers understand that high-performance building is here and continuing to grow. I guess we will have to rely on them to help lead the charge. New Green Building Products — June 2013Cutting-Edge Windows that Can Be Tinted on DemandHigh-Tech Windows with Dynamic GlazingsSmart Glass Maker Opens New PlantGBA Product Guide: SageGlass Insulated Glass Unit He did make one comment that rubbed me the wrong way. He remarked that while he had heroes as a young architect, there weren’t many around any more. References included Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Luis Kahn. He then said that “sustainability is not a heroic condition,” taking the not-unusual-for-an-architect’s position that sustainability is just an afterthought to the noble practice of architecture.In contrast to other award winners, who were not given an opportunity to speak, Eisenman’s comment seemed to me to be a bit tone-deaf. In contrast, there was an award presented to the Auburn University Rural Studio — an incredible school doing meaningful work bringing high quality architecture and construction to an impoverished area.The Latrobe Prize was presented to Woodbury University’s Arid Lands Institute for tools they created to help professionals with stormwater capture and reuse.The snarky remark about sustainability from a high-profile architect was quite a contrast to the Arid Land Institute award. The “starchitect” Eisenman got to tell us how sustainability doesn’t matter, and the people who are working to keep us from dying of thirst weren’t given a chance to say a word. Seems like someone got their priorities wrong on this one. Inspiring remarksA video about Chris Downey, an architect who continues to practice after losing his sight, was inspiring.Andrew Freer, the director of the Rural Studio, was given an opportunity to speak about the studio’s work. Freer’s remarks inspired me to schedule a visit there soon. Enough whining about architectsLooking at the products on display, I ran across several worthy of mention. Mitsubishi has just come out with a traditional air handler that works with the variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology that the company uses in its minisplits. This heat pump now allows for this technology to be ducted throughout a house with products from a single vendor.LED lighting continues to evolve, and one lamp design (offered by several manufacturers, including Cooper Lighting) involves illuminating the edges of an acrylic lens with a ring or strip of diodes. This provides an even light that eliminates glare, as all the light is indirect. Although primarily for commercial fixtures, I would expect to see it expand quickly into the residential market.The departure from the market of one of my favorite products, Perennial Wood, has left me looking for a suitable substitute, and I may have found it. There are several manufacturers of acetylated and thermally modified wood that practically eliminate warping, rot, and termite infestation. However, most of these products are sold only as raw stock for custom milling. Wahoo Decks is now offering thermally treated deck boards and tongue-and-groove porch flooring. Last week I had the opportunity to attend the 2015 convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) — a simple matter for me, as it took place in Atlanta. I find that it is often challenging to attend local conferences because we let our daily work take over in a way that we don’t when we travel out of town for events. This time, however, I was able to block out two full days for the event, and was interrupted only occasionally by calls and emails.As with most industry events, there were educational sessions, keynotes, and a trade show floor. The first two were the typical mixed bag — some good, some not, and way too many sessions to try to hit them all. This event, however has an excellent trade show, rivaled only in my opinion by the annual Greenbuild Expo in size and content.Before I share some of the interesting products I saw this year, I feel compelled to comment on one of the keynote sessions. I missed the big keynote by Bill Clinton, but managed to make the second one, which featured the Creative Director of Cirque du Soleil, a communications specialist, and a series of award presentations. ITWCCNAIF_Brochure_Finalpage1.compressed.compressed.pdflast_img read more

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